Walgreens, Express Scripts at odds over prescription benefit

9/28/2011

You may be aware that Walgreens and Express Scripts have not been able to come to an agreement regarding pharmacy benefits management in year 2012. While we are very hopeful that an agreement will yet be successfully negotiated between Express Scripts and Walgreens, you may wish to take proactive steps soon to ensure that you do not experience a lapse in prescription availability early next year.

These provisions DO NOT AFFECT Medicare-eligible retirees, since they will all be moving to Medicare-D and leaving Express Scripts as of Jan. 1, 2012, anyway.
 
If no agreement is reached, those active participants who are currently utilizing Walgreens will have to find a different pharmacy.
 
Express Scripts retail pharmacies include the following major chains:  CVS, Osco, Medicine Shoppe, Wal-Mart, Target, Meijer, K-Mart, Sam’s Club, County Market, Hy-Vee, Kroger, Schnucks and more.  All of these pharmacies accept Express Scripts co-pays.
 
To find local retail pharmacies close to you, click on the link below and enter your zip code:
 
 
Or call 1-800-451-6245 and choose “more options” and then “pharmacy locations.”  Have your insurance card out so that you can enter your member ID number.
 
You can transfer a prescription in one of the following three ways:
 
·         Take your prescription bottles to your new pharmacy
·         Ask Walgreens for a printout of your prescriptions and take that to your new pharmacy
·         Ask your new pharmacy to contact Walgreens
 
If you encounter any problems, please contact Express Scripts at 1-800-451-6245 or have your pharmacist call the Express Scripts Pharmacy Help Desk at 1-800-235-4357.  Both of these numbers are on your RightChoice health insurance card.
 
Finally, if you are not currently utilizing the Express Scripts mail order service for your maintenance medications, this might be a good time to start. Using the mail order service saves money for you and the Conference.  Go to www.express-scripts.com and on the Home page choose “Members Get Started.”  Once you’re registered, click on “Fill a new prescription” which is under both “HOME DELIVERY” and “My Prescriptions.”  There you can print a new prescription form to complete by hand or fill out one online and print.  (New prescriptions must be mailed or faxed to Express Scripts; refills can be ordered online.)
 
We will keep you apprised of the situation.